In the unstable market realities, we obviously tend to pay more attention to the movements of S&P and NASDAQ in order to get a complete picture of the situation in the stock market. At the same time, we forget that these indices reflect mostly the performance of the American equities. That is, for assessing markets of specific countries and for taking advantage of the regional news, you need to consider the domestic indices. These indices comprise the best-capitalized companies of a particular country.
For example, the main barometer of the economic conditions in Germany is DAX30, which tracks the value of the 30 biggest companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE). Traders like this index for many reasons. One of them is, of course, Germany’s status of the leading economy in the Eurozone. That is, the index takes into account the situation in Europe as well as in Germany.
DAX30: the introduction
The Deutscher Aktien Index (DAX) represents 30 of the largest companies with the most liquidity. The success of these companies is hard to underestimate as they demonstrate the result of the “German Economic Miracle” – the economic rebirth of Germany after World War II. These companies are multinational and they represent a wide range of industries: from pharmaceutical to automobile and financial services. Have you heard about such companies as Adidas, BMW, Siemens, or Volkswagen? Well, they are just a small part of the top-30 DAX giants.
What does a company need to make it to DAX30?
There are several rules required for a company to be featured in DAX.
- Firstly, at least three years should pass since its IPO.
- 15% of the market capitalization of each company should be traded publically.
- It should generate revenues or has headquarters within Germany.
The index is capitalization-weighted, which means that companies with the highest market cap affect the index the most. The calculation is based on a free-float method, which accounts for only the number of readily available shares into account. Thus, this method ignores the equities which can't be bought or sold.
How to trade DAX30?
Of course, it’s impossible to buy or sell actual indices. Instead, you can take advantage of their movements by trading CFD futures contracts. They are financial instruments provided by brokers, which give you a great opportunity to trade on the changes of indices with leverage. With FBS, you can trade DAX30 as well as other indices in both MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5.
After you’ve installed the platform, look at its left side where all the assets are listed. This is the “Market Watch” window. Typically, you can’t see all trading instruments available right after the first launch of the platform. The right button click on the “Market Watch” window will reveal different options, one of them is “Show all”. After clicking this button, you will see CFD futures contracts with different letters and numbers. They inform you about the expiration date. For example, for trading contracts expiring in June 2020, you need to choose the DAX30-20M contract.
What are the trading hours for DAX30?
FBS allows you to trade DAX30 from 3:15 to 22:55 MT (MetaTrader) time.
Important notice: indices may form big gaps after the opening due to a large number of accumulated orders during the closed market. Also, volatility increases during the working hours of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (9:00-21:00 MT time).
What moves DAX30?
If you consider DAX30 as one of your potential investments, you need to know what drives it.
- Firstly, of course, do not forget about the risk sentiment. The indices react very sensitively to the events in the global markets. If something worrying happens (for example, the cases of Covid-19 across the world), the market gets hit by risk aversion. Therefore, stock indices move down. On the other hand, risk-on sentiment will drive the indices up.
- The second driver of indices is connected with the dynamics of its stocks with the biggest capitalization. For example, the news that the German aviation company Lufthansa will receive a 9-billion-euro bailout from the German government added optimism to the DAX30 bulls.
- Economic conditions of a country of index's origin are the third determinant of its price. For DAX30, we need to focus on German data and updates for the Eurozone. The news on stimulus measures from the German government and the European Central Bank, better-than-expected PMIs, and trade balance will obviously increase the demand for German equities.
- The last but not least, pay attention to the local market news from the German sources.
How is DAX30 doing in June 2020?
After the slump to the levels below 8,200 in March 2020, things are going pretty well for the German index. The positive risk sentiment across the markets due to the easing of the lockdown measures and stimulus measures by the German government resulted in a V-shape recovery of DAX30. Since the end of March, it has been moving up very sharply, finally establishing the ascending channel. The beginning of June has been extremely positive for DAX30, as it crossed the 12,000 level and nearly touched the resistance at $12,500. Good opportunities for buyers will occur after the breakout of that level. In that case, the index is set to rise as high as 13,000. The stochastic oscillator as well as RSI are overheated, so the short-term correction to the 12,000 level is possible. Sellers will activate after the breakout of the 11,900-12,000 levels, where their potential target will lie at 11,600.
Find out the analysis of DAX30 for the current period.